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A Brief Guide on Where to Eat Before the Kitchen Close in Byron Bay

We must preface this rundown with a valuable piece of advice. When going out for dinner in Byron Bay, call ahead and check what time the kitchen closes. Depending on the season (we visited in March, Australia’s autumn) restaurants close down their kitchens around 9pm, something we learnt the hard way. But fear not, you can always grab a kebab from Bay Kebabs and head to the beach…just get there before 10pm.

Thanks to our hosts at Bask & Stow we were well educated on the where to dine well before our arrival. Here are our top three must eats.

Bayleaf – The hip place to let your mornings drift by

This bustling brunch spot is the perfect place to sit to watch a lazy weekday morning drift by, with customers settling down for a good few hours full of food, coffee and chats. Be sure to order the Dukkah Eggs after you’ve downed your morning coffee. Sit back and digest, then treat yourself to an aeropress before heading to the beach.

The Topshop – The iconic hangout on the hill

Its purpose may have changed but the Topshop is still at the heart of the community. The former convenience store turned cafe dishes out Byron’s best burger, a solid serving of breaded fish & chips and the sweetest of smoothies. Grab an afternoon coffee for your stroll down the hill back into town.

Mez Club – The newbie with killer cocktails

At the top of everyone’s list is the new cocktail bar in town, Mez Club. Sit back as the sunsets on another glorious Sunday evening, with a Byron Bay Southside and selection of dips and nibbles. Alternatively, tuck into the mediterranean meze taster board full of lamb and falafel.

Words by Thomas Sumner
Image Credits by Thomas Sumner